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Race & Equity

June 24, 2022

Ruling overturning Roe v. Wade will have significant impacts, but won’t change rights in Washington or at the UW

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, ushering in dramatic changes to reproductive freedom. It is profoundly distressing and concerning for many members of our community, including myself, and raises equally troubling concerns about what this may mean for other human rights that we believed were established and inviolable.

June 23, 2022

This Pride Month, let’s celebrate and continue the fight for equality

Ana Mari Cauce

Pride Month is a chance to honor the work and achievements of LGBTQIA+ people who have led the fight for dignity, safety and equality and to celebrate our right to be our authentic selves.

June 16, 2022

Juneteenth is a day to celebrate Black liberation and continue the fight for equality

Ana Mari Cauce

I encourage everyone to take the occasion of Juneteenth to celebrate Black liberation and reflect on what changes must take place for our nation and world to become equitable and inclusive. Through our shared commitment and effort, the journey toward Black liberation will continue.

May 24, 2022

Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month and the promise of an inclusive nation

Ana Mari Cauce

May is recognized as National Asian American, Native Hawai’ian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and it’s our opportunity to recognize the diverse Asian American (AA) and Native Hawai’ian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) people, cultures and communities whose stories and contributions have always been – and continue to be – a vital part of our nation’s life.

May 16, 2022

We can all play a part in working to end racist violence

Ana Mari Cauce

As we grieve for the victims in Buffalo, we must examine our own responsibilities and capacity for reversing what has become a public health crisis.

May 4, 2022

Ending violence against Indigenous people starts with ending silence around it

Ana Mari Cauce

As a society and a community, we share a responsibility to raise awareness and end the crisis of violence affecting Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQIA+, and two-spirit people. This epidemic demands attention, resources and action.

March 24, 2022

Celebrating women’s history requires honesty about the past

Ana Mari Cauce

In honoring Women’s History Month, our task is to build on the progress that has been made, while reflecting honestly on the ways in which it has not always been equitable, and to ensure that our efforts going forward are truly grounded in equity.

February 14, 2022

Black History Month was always about Black history year-round

Ana Mari Cauce

The academy has a responsibility to ensure that Black history is part of American history, including in our curriculum, as a foundational component of our commitment to advancing racial equity and combatting systemic racism.

January 11, 2022

This MLK Week, find your place in the movement

Ana Mari Cauce

On Monday, Jan.  17, our institution will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We encourage all University of Washington students, staff, faculty and academic personnel to engage with the holiday in ways that are personally meaningful, and to consider what it means to infuse the values and ideas that Dr. King represented.

December 8, 2021

Remembering Husky legend and state civil rights leader, George Fleming, ‘64

Ana Mari Cauce

Yesterday, we lost a treasured alumnus and path-breaking leader of our state with the passing of Senator George Fleming, ‘64, a Husky Football legend who made an even bigger impact off the field through his decades of public service and committed advocacy for civil rights and equal access to education.

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